Take it Slow Devotional

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Take it Slow

Julia Bettencourt

Posted May 09, 2013

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.  James 1:19

Have you ever thought about the things in life that take it slow?  There's the turtle, slug, and snail of course.  They don't move very fast.

You have probably all had someone tell you to "take it slow" or you have told someone else that.  It is probably the one thing we say when we teach our kids how to ride a bike or even to drive a car.

There are all kinds of situations when we say, "take it slow".

Why do we say that phrase to people?  Well, usually because we want that person to either be safe, do well at something, perhaps not injure others, get the most out of something, endure to the end, and so on.

The Lord tells us to be slow about a couple things in the Bible too.

Take it Slow in our Speech.

We have to slow down and think before we speak. When we speak first before thinking or before knowing the whole situation, we can get into trouble.

  • Proverbs 29:20
  • Ecclesiastes 5:2
  • Proverbs 15:28
  • Proverbs 18:13

Take it Slow Before we Get Angry.

Anger can be explosive.  It can lead to a lot of fighting and bickering, hurt people, and hurt our witness for Christ.

Proverbs 29:22 says, "An angry man stirreth up strife..."   We have to learn to control ourselves where our anger is concerned.

  • Ecclesiastes 7:9
  • Proverbs 14:29
  • Proverbs 15:18
  • Proverbs 16:32


The Lord tells us these things about taking it slow for our benefit. He's trying to help us avoid so many mistakes.  He wants us to avoid getting hurt ourselves or avoid our actions hurting others.

When the Lord tells us to "take it slow", He wants the best for us.

So, are you taking it slow?

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